Join us this Friday, January 29 at 7pm for an epic evening of history trivia!

We're excited to kickoff the event with a special guest appearance by the Buckthorns and then six rounds of trivia, covering everything from sports to cooking--with some local history flavor thrown in!

This year, we'll be running trivia through an online platform called Kahoot! Be sure to check out this helpful video to see how Kahoot! works. Please note that Kahoot! does not allow you to form teams with those outside your household. Tickets won't be per person this year. An entire household can play for the cost of one ticket!

If you have any questions about how Kahoot! works, feel free to reach out to Alex at We're planning a practice session the day before for anyone who wants to give it a go before the competition begins.

So, get your game on and get ready for another competitive night of history trivia! Who knew it would be our membership's favorite event of the year?!


Lake Forest Hosts the World Series--of POLO!

Thursday, February 4 @ 7pm

Join History Center Curator Laurie Stein as she tells the story of a major polo event hosted by Lake Forest's Onwentsia Club in 1933 that shook the foundations of the sport and captivated the sporting public.


Need an interesting speaker for your next event?

Did you know it's possible to hire our talented Curator Laurie Stein to give a talk to your group? Laurie frequently lectures to various groups and organizations around Lake County. View a list of topics here. Contact Laurie directly at and enjoy a fascinating presentation for a minimal cost.


Know Someone?

Who else from our community is a Change Maker?








This month we're celebrating the Change Makers in our community, both past and present. Is there someone you know whose story should be told? Visit our digital exhibit "Lake Forest-Lake Bluff History Online" and click on "Changing the World" in the lefthand column to see the many people who have called Lake Forest or Lake Bluff home and gone on to do significant things with their lives. We plan to celebrate these Change Makers all month long and hope you'll help us give the full picture by adding more faces and stories to the exhibit! Please email your content to History Center Curator Laurie Stein at



#WeddingWednesday Naomi Vicksell of Lake Forest and Arnold T. Nolan were married at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago.

Naomi Vicksell, the daughter of Swedish immigrants, apparently met Arnold “Duke” Nolan at his restaurant in Waukegan, located on Washington just west of Genesee. Nolan had served overseas in World War I as a lieutenant, where it was said that men in his outfit “were fed better than any others in the army.” He transferred those talents to the Boston House restaurant, and, according to this Chicago Tribune account, his steaks managed to impress Miss Vicksell.


Beatrice Clow, age 12, interrupted a robbery in progress in the Clow family home. Having detected a noise upstairs, she entered the bedroom and caught the thief rifling through her mother’s dressing table. “And who are you?” she asked the thief before sprinting to alert the household. With the alarm sounded, the burglar hurried out the window, scrambled down his ladder, and disappeared, fortunately only making off with $25.

William Ellsworth Clow Jr. and Isabelle Mann Clow resided at 461 North Green Bay Road (pictured).



Last Week's Favorite:

Peg Allingham Ciccarelli: Her mask doesn't match her dress... what is she thinking?

Jerry Davidson: I'll bet you ten bucks that's not his real hair 🙂

Mark Golub: I didn’t know Groucho lived in LF.

Whitson McNulty: Men of ambition in big trousers

Erika Eddy: The four musketeers

Nancy Mawman: Join me in the parlor for a brandy and a Cuban

Lisa Popp Breen: My suit looks too big

Sharon Weidemann: No smoking

Stephanie Swire: The Frolicsome Four boys band. The girls love ‘em.



This photo is just begging for a caption!

Laughter adds precious hours to our lives. Send your captions to Alex Schneider at or respond on Facebook!


Our museum has missed you!

We're excited to reopen next week and welcome back groups of up to ten people. Open hours are Tu-Wed 10-1pm and Th 1-4pm. Research is by appointment only. Face masks and social distancing will still be required. Come explore local history!


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